Simeone 'happy' with Costa interest

The Argentine says the fact top clubs are being linked with his star striker is testament to just how well his side have played this season

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says he is "happy" with speculation suggesting Diego Costa could move to Chelsea this summer.

The La Liga leaders have lost Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao in previous summers, with reports now linking their top goalscorer with the Blues.

The latest round of rumours come after the striker helped fire Atletico to the Champions League final on Wednesday, as he scored a penalty in a 3-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to set up an all-Madrid final against fierce rivals Real.

Simeone said: "It’s important that the powerful teams want players from your own, because it shows you’re doing things right. It makes me happy when this happens because it speaks well of our team.”

Atletico travel to Levante on Sunday knowing that victory will leave them needing just one more win the league title for the first time since 1994 and Simeone says there is no chance his side will be distracted by their European success in midweek.

He added: "We haven’t won anything yet. We’re facing an important situation towards the future to play a final. But reality brings us back to what we always cared about, which is La Liga.

"For us La Liga is our day-to-day and therefore we’ll keep on this match-by-match strategy we’ve devised.”